Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Dr Townsley led our Easter Eucharist service yesterday and collected gold coin donations for Anglican Family Care.  Following on from that, the students took part in an Easter themed window chalk art competition.  Along with the beautiful artwork on the Chapel windows, the quad looks bright and cheerful.  The window chalk art winners will be announced during the Week 11 Arts Assembly. These school activities all help to bring us together as a community to reflect on an important time in the liturgical calendar.

Next Thursday we are holding a special service to unveil the new Chapel window, which was commissioned by the Old Girls Association.  We have old girls and dignitaries attending this service so we ask that all students are in formal uniform for the day.

This year reports will look different.  We are working on being more agile in our reporting and to give you more relevant information.  The report you receive in Week 11 will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of the subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

The end of term is quickly drawing near and the mornings are getting darker.  We would like to remind parents that while staff are onsite early in the morning, we are unable to offer formal staff supervision until 8.30am.

Wishing families a safe and enjoyable Easter break.

Tolcarne News

With Easter weekend upon us, our Head Boarders, Hannah and Bella, put together an easter egg hunt for the girls on Wednesday night. Streaming out of the dining room, the girls ran to pick up over 200 eggs that were scattered around the grounds – what a sight it was! The hunt was a Tribe competition, with Baxter coming out on top to win with 28 big eggs.

As part of our Special Character, Tolcarne has had the privilege to have Dr Townsley in to offer night chats to the girls three times throughout the term. On Tuesday night she reminded us what Easter was all about and, using stones and mini Easter eggs, pointed out the opposites that exist over Easter. The good and the bad, the hard and the soft, the finite and the infinite.

Student Achievement

Grace Beattie, Emma Christie, Ria Dennison, Beth Anderson, Chloe Light, Millie Davenport, Sophie Smith, Libby Drummond + Georgie Ffiske won bronze at Maadi Cup in the Girls U15 Coxed Octuple Sculls.  Overall our crews reached 4A Finals and 4B Finals so a great result for the girls.

The Touch team placed second in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Touch Tournament and now qualify for Nationals.

Sarah Langsbury, along with a number of other St Hilda’s athletes had a very good weekend at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Champs in Timaru, Sarah placed 2nd in the 80m and 300m Hurdles and an impressive 1st place in Long Jump, in doing so she set a new personal best for herself of 5.30m.  Other results include:

Annabelle McKnight 
Long Jump – 10th
80m Hurdles – 9th

Cecilia Crooks 
3000m – 5th
1500m – 7th

Georgia Mitchell 
3000m – 8th

Georgie Jessop 
Javelin – 4th

The Senior A Waterpolo team also had a busy weekend competing in the South Island Champs which took place here in Dunedin.

The weather was perfect for Year 7 & 8 cricket and for many, this was the first time that they had played on a grass wicket. Batting first, St Hilda’s scored 86 in their 20 overs for the loss of four wickets. In reply, Balmac got away to a flier and were 40 for no wicket after 5 overs however we fought back well and the bowling in the later overs was tighter and the batters had to work for their runs. Balmac secured victory with the loss of only 2 wickets in the 14th over but it was a very creditable performance by the St Hilda’s team.